Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Thursday, 6 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao).
Athletic Bilbao have just been a shadow of their usual self at home over the past few weeks. As such, the home team’s dip in form could well cost them the win this Thursday.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head to head (h2h)
- Their previous fixture saw Athletic Bilbao end Barcelona’s six-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 win.
- All of their last five meetings have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in just one of their past six encounters.
- Only two of their previous ten games have finished as a tie.
- Barcelona have registered the win nine times in their last fifteen clashes. (W-9, D-3, L-3)
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Match Preview
Athletic Bilbao narrowly made it through to the quarter-finals after their round of sixteen opponents Tenerife gave them a run for their money. Despite being the obvious favorites, the hosts found themselves down to ten men, two minutes into the first half, and were ultimately held to a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time.
The home team then went on to concede another goal in extra time and managed to find an equalizer in the dying minutes of the second quarter. Nevertheless, Athletic Bilbao came out on top in the penalty shoot-out that followed, allowing their faithful to finally let out a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, Barcelona recorded an emphatic 5-0 victory over their respective foes Leganes to book their berth in the quarterfinals. The visitors were a force to reckon with in that latter matchup and finished the ninety minutes with eighteen shots at goal, half of which were right on target.
With just one defeat from their last five fixtures, Barcelona are likely to be more than a handful for the Basque outfit this week.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction
Athletic Bilbao have fallen out of their groove at home and are currently on a three-match winless streak. Miserably, the hosts have not had a taste of success here since their 2-0 victory over Granada, back in early December.
In sharp contrast, Barcelona have stumbled just once in their previous seven outings across various competitions. Furthermore, although the visitors did admit defeat in their previous visit here, it needs saying that Athletic Bilbao have not secured back to back wins over this foe at home in the past two decades.
Given the poor string of results that the hosts have been recording lately here as well, count on Barcelona to emerge victoriously in this one.
Furthermore, Athletic Bilbao have been at their defensive best on home soil this season. Impressively, they have kept a clean sheet in half of their past six fixtures here and have conceded just four goals in the process too.
Taking into account that all of their previous four h2h meetings at this venue have also been low scoring affairs, expect no more than a goal or two at the most on the final scorecards.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting tips
Barcelona to win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.75 (3/4).